Im clearing my mailbox again...
My colic sent me this article long time ago, in Yr 2004...Itch to switch?
Before you decide to change careers completely, consider if you are just unhappy in your current job rather than with your line of work.
Have you been working in the last five to 10 years and feel as if you need a change? Are you unhappy with your progress and envy your peers who have climbed the corporate ladder?
Do you think you can contribute much more, or have potential that is not explored? If you answer "yes" to the above, you probably need to take a serious look at your career.
Finding your niche in the working world is not something that is easy or instantaneous.
In fact, after working several years and switching jobs two or three times, working adults become clearer on whether they are suitable for a certain job or not.
Being caught in the "wrong" vocation means you're probably not excelling in the job and not performing to your best. This would inevitably affect how your peers perceive you, your promotion prospects and ultimately your self-esteem.
But is a switch in career necessary?
There could be other factors at the workplace which are not suitable for your personality other than the job scope. It is best to think thoroughly through the problems you are facing, before you make a hasty decision.
There are several factors you should consider before making that switch.Job scope
The toughest situation for anyone is to discover that he has been doing work which is simply "wrong" for him.
Some signs to indicate such a situation include an inability to cope with the nature of work, difficulty in excelling despite effort, or a feeling that your potential is not being fully tapped.
If, upon consultation with a career coach, it is discovered that your aptitude truly lies in another field, this is a valid reason for a career change.Your boss
If your style is incompatible with your manager's, it can land you in hot water! Is your manager task- or people-oriented? Does he give you too much or too little autonomy? Is his style democratic or autocratic?
Such factors determine if you can function to your fullest potential under the leadership of a certain manager. If your boss is your "problem", career switching is obviously not the solution. You may want to consider communicating these conflicts before you become more frustrated.Organisation structure
Very often, we discover that people tend to confuse their poor performance on the job with their incompatibility with the company's structure or culture.
Typically, smaller companies require their staff to take on multiple responsibilities.
Their job scope, therefore, is much broader, unlike in multinational corporations where positions are more well-defined. So if you're the type who dislikes variety and unclear roles, you will probably feel frustrated in such an environment and it may even affect your performance.
Various aspects of the company's culture may also be incompatible with your style and, hence, you may feel stifled or out of place.Career plan
If you haven't worked out your long-term career plan and are not sure where you are headed, you're more likely to decide to change your line of work if you're frustrated by the above factors.
You have to take time to figure out if your current job is really what you want, or if it is leading you to your "dream" job. There could be various other factors affecting your performance at the job and if you are not sure what to do, you may need to undergo some personality or apti- tude tests and career consulting.
These detailed tests will help you analyse your problem areas and decide if you should make a career switch.
Making a complete switch is an option you need to think over carefully as it means having to start from scratch.
However, if you are really not cut out for your line of work, it is best that you find that out sooner than later, and make that switch now!